21/09/15 – Sunsets & Bubbles
Place to Brunch: Cafe Route – Dalston Junction, London (E8 3BQ)
My tagline for this place: Lovely Deli-Bistro in the vibrant Dalston | Delicious all-day Mediterranean food selection
Fran Hales, from New Zealand, London based.
From one island to another one right at the other side of the world, Fran is one of the over 60.000 Kiwis that have made their way to London, making the British capital, their European home 🙂
She’s originally from Christchurch, as she describes -and as I hope to see by myself at some point not too far from now!- New Zealand is a stunning corner of the world, full of beautiful natural scenery and incredible landscapes. She decided to swap the open-air vibe for the urban vibe around 18 years ago, when she came over to London and just fell in love with it… -not to be blamed, London can be addictive!
Fran has held different positions in the media-creative industry and around 4 years ago, she moved into being a full time photographer. She works as a freelance and handles different private and corporate clients, doing lots of event & lifestyle photography. She’s a great photographer and I totally love having photography chats with her!
You can see some of her photographs further down in this article… She actually took my current Blog profile photo, loveee that photo! 🙂
When I asked Fran to come up with her fav brunch spot in town for one of the Brunch Club series, I thought in my head that she’d most likely go for some nice little cool cafe around east London, and I wasn’t going too wrong with my guess… 😉
She suggested two options, one cozy cafe just in the middle of the buzzing Brick Lane, “Nude Espresso”, according to Fran “one of the best cups of coffee in London”. And Café Route, just off Dalston Junction Station. We finally decided to go for her second choice, mainly because Café Route is located literally a 3-minute walk from Fran’s house, which makes it her very local place. But also because we wanted to visit the Urban Garden just opposite the cafe to take some shots there too…
We met on a week-day and the place was surprisingly busy, I guess partly because it has a great setup to do some computer work if need be. The cafe is located in Dalston Square and is pretty bright and roomy. They have very friendly staff, which together with the colourful selection of pasties and yummy homemade sandwiches in the morning, adds a very welcoming vibe to the place. The sweet smell of coffee, swaps onto more savoury one when the morning gets on and they start displaying all sorts of deliciously looking homemade dishes all around the counter…
Our selection for the day was the classic Eggs Benedict for me and a delicious baked eggs Mediterranean style dish for Fran.
After brunch, we popped by Briggs & Williams for a quick & nice coffee and headed to the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden for a few photos (Cool place, info below too!).
Fran Hales Photography – take a look here to view some of her work… Massive thank you to Fran for having been part of The Brunch Club!!! 🙂